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's just a little too convenient to be blaming guns for gun violence. especially when the n.r.a. has already identified the real culprits -- >> vicious, violent video games. we have blood-soaked films. our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> clearly, the reason we have more gun deaths than anyone else in the industrialized world isn't the guns. it has to be that america is the only country in the world that has video games. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines here. clinics and hospital emergency rooms across the country are packed with people sick with the flu, rolling up their sleeves for a flu shot. the cdc director says we won't know more weeks if the flu season has peaked. 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity right now. >>> the brother of ailing venezuelan president hugo chavez says he is recovering well from his latest search. chavez is being treated for cancer in cuba. he's been unable to return to cuba for a planned
association. the nra has accepted a invitation to meet with the group this week. president obama asked the v.p. to come up with recommendations this month to try to prevent a repeat of the massacre in newtown, connecticut. gabriel giffords and her husband the astronaut mark kelly visited new town, now they are launching their own effort to reduce gun violence. two years to the day since a gunman shot her in the head and killed six people wounding a dozen others. trace gallagher in our west coast news hub this afternoon. they are putting a lot of pressure on congress, aren't they? >> the pressure in congress as well as the national rifle association, shep. the reason that gabriel giffords and mark kelly came up with that political action committee was to raise enough money so they could fight the gun lobby on capitol hill. in their op ed in "u.s.a. today" giffords and kelly right in part quoting here wise policy has conquered disease, protected from us dangerous products and substances and made transportation safer. but when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence. we're not
convenient to be blaming guns for gun violence. especially when the n.r.a. has already identified the real culprits -- >> vicious, violent video games. we have blood-soaked films. our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> clearly, the reason we have more gun deaths than anyone else in the industrialized world isn't the guns. it has to be that america is the only country in the world that has video games. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines here. clinics and hospital emergency rooms across the country are packed with people sick with the flu, rolling up their sleeves for a flu shot. the cdc director says we won't know more weeks if the flu season has peaked. 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity right now. >>> the brother of ailing venezuelan president hugo chavez says he is recovering well from his latest search. chavez is being treated for cancer in cuba. he's been unable to return to cuba for a planned inauguration. chavez has no
including the nra made their case to vice president joe biden today as the obama administration aims to curb gun violence. we'll tell you how today's meeting played out. >> also ahead tonight. >> reporter: this may look like a doctor's office, but it's actually one of the d.c.'s new medical marijuana dispensaries. i'm beth parker. i'll take you on a tour coming up. >> later on the news edge, the real star of argo, meet the maryland man who is not only responsible for the american success story but may wind up with an oscar, also.  >>> a news alert from colorado where a judge ruled this evening there is sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for suspected movie theater gunman james holmes. the preliminary hearing was held this week to determine whether the case should go to trial. holmes is accused of murdering 12 people, wounding 70 others in july. he's scheduled to be formerly charged tomorrow. his lawyers asked for the arraignment to be delayed. >>> a 16-year-old california student is in custody after he brought a shot gun and 20 rounds of ammunition to school this morning in t
congress is going to do. but it is an interesting moment that the nra is being brought to the table. that should be an encouraging sign that -- around that table there's going to be a nice balance of opinion. >> right. different voices. it's interesting, the nra claims $4.4 million was spent on congressional lobbying. the brady campaign spent $5,800. so there is a disparity in terms of the amount spent lobbying. but they all need to be around that table. there should be a happy medium. i think everyone agrees that the second amendment is there for a purpose, but let's reach a consensus on this. >> absolutely. there's no way you can have a healthy, balanced gun control debate without the nra at the table. they represent a significant part of the country. but that stat that mark kelly shared, 85% of kids killed in the world happen here in the u.s. killed by guns. i knew it was bad, but i didn't know it was that bad. >> staggering and sobering. >>> the suspected aurora theater gunman james holmes acted bizarrely in the moments after the shooting, according to detectives who questioned
you discuss the commonality between your organization, the nra, and the obama administration when it comes to finding ways to reduce gun violence? >> what we think works, and we support what works. i've talked about the eagle child safety program which would put more money into than anybody in the country. we support enforcing the federal gun laws on the books were under% of the time against drug dealers, gangs with guns, felons with guns, and that works. you've got states like california where they send more inmates back to the streets and have to put more back in jail for new crimes guns -- committed against their citizens than any other state in the nation. new york state, too. the collapse of the fiscal situation in those states has also collapsed the criminal justice system in those states. the nra has always supported what works. we have 11,000 police instructors and we represent honest people all over this country. there are 25,000 violent crimes per week in this country. the innocent are being preyed upon. the statistics are numbing and 911 calls are horrible. victims all
member of the nra. people who have been affected by gun violence, people have used guns to protect themselves and their families. we wanted this to try to be a discussion and get a lot of different view points in and see if there are any common grounds between those who are great advocates for more gun control and advocates for gun rights opposed to greater gun control or greater background check. so we wanted to try to look for common ground and not just look at guns but also mental health issues and where that is in the equation and school safety issues. it's going to be an interesting discussion tonight, wolf. >> i'm really looking forward to it. i hope you find common ground. this is a critically, critically important issue for our entire country. anderson's town hall tonight, 8:00 p.m. eastern, only here on cnn. >>> up next, a catastrophic flooding taking an enormous economic toll on australia and they have an impact felt around the world. ake someone happy.♪ ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ ♪make just one heart to heart you - you sing to♪ ♪one smile that
leader, has long been a big supporter of the nra and they have returned the favor politically to him. that is one of the reasons he won re-election in difficulty fashion in 2010. now in 2014 other democratic senators in swing states who are up. jon: up for re-election. >> that's right. jon: if they cast a vote that is seen to be against the interests of firearms owners, hunters and the like, they could be in real trouble? >> guns and nra are both very popular in states like alaska and montana and arkansas and south dakota where there's a hunting culture, and, those senators like mark begich in alaska, will he actually vote for a gun ban? that i think is very problematic for the president. you're hearing some of these democrats, either noncommittal and saying i think this goes too far. jon: i was a little surprised when i heard about the executive actions the president was taking. it didn't seem to amount to, you know, large steps? >> no, i think that's right. they were pretty small things. a couple of things that might make a difference are on mental health, particularly easing priva
, these kind of massacres and it's funding the nra. the nra is the reason why we don't have change in this country. there's a huge majority of approval background checks on assault weapons ban. the majority of americans are speaking. >> we had a fox news poll that says 69 percent of the american people support the gun -- the proposed salt weapons ban. there are the numbers on your side but that doesn't answer the question about whether -- you bill de blas yo private citizen, not public advocate, you can say whatever you want but once you blanket yourself in state authority it takes on a new meaning. it gives you more power and gives you this special power to cause people to behave in a way that they might not otherwise want to behave. what if you had a poll significance targeting to obtain legal abortions. you are allowed to rent to them but they had apportions. really strongly encourage you from renting from a woman who had an abortion. >> there is no parallel. huge powerful industry backed by the single most powerful lobby. >> single most powerful is in the nra. it is funded by t
from the nra's leadership's defiant and unsympathetic response to the connectic connecticut massacre winning the common sense reforms will require a fight. and they're not letting congress off the hook on this either. giffords making comments it directly to her former colleagues pointing out it's been two years since she survived that deadly attack in tucson and now she said, congress in that time has done something extraordinary -- nothing at all. very strong words to start this campaign. we're going to wait now to see where they go from here. >> what's our sense of it? we don't have details yes about how this giffords campaign is going to work. what does it look like the strategy might be based on what you know so far? >> reporter: talking about creating a conversation about, quote, a gun violence prevention. most of all, they're also calling the fact that they want to be able to match the gun lobby not only in its influence but also its resources. when you go to the website, the new website they've created for americans for responsible solutions, it's very clear there they have a
control laws. executive vice president of the nra said the focus should be on making schools more secure, more aggressive. prosecution of gun criminals and fixing the country's mental health system. wayne la pierre says gun laws are not the answer. >> while we are ready to participate in a meaningful effort to solve these pressing problems we must disagree with some members of the committee and many in the media and all the gun control groups on what will keep our kids and keep our streets safe. law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. nor do we believe government should dictate what we clawfulln and use to protect our families. we have to be honest about what works and what does not work. proposals that would serve to burden the law abiding have failed in the past and will fail in the future. semi-automatic firearm technology has been around for a hundred years. they are the most popular guns for hunting, target shooting, self-defense. despite this fact, congress banned the manufacture and sale of hundreds of semi-automatic firearms and
lapierre executive vice president of the nra issues a fundraising letter saying this. i warned you this day was coming and now it's here. it's not about protecting your children. it's not about stopping crime. it's about banning your guns period. so what are we seeing here? a real political campaign. >> on the one side you have the grassroots organization that the obama for america team use. now, they can't coordinate with the white house, wolf, on this, but they are using all of their apparatus to get out their grass root supporters because what they are trying to do is mobilize voters in much the same way that the nra has done over the years, which is make people who are for some kind of gun regulation, single issue voters and come out and pressure members of congress who may be wavering in gun states and say to them, you know, we want something done. on the other side is the nra which has a huge grassroots organization. they are trying to mobilize their own voters. you saw that e-mail. we spoke yesterday about this provocative ad talking about the president'
ground with the nra has been difficult. the national rifle association said its closed door meeting with biden had more to do with taking away gun rights than protecting children. the white house is looking to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. that's a hard sell to gun owners but there's another proposal that seems to be gaining some traction. >> there's a surprising, so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. >> reporter: currently about 40% of all u.s. gun sales don't require a background check. stern and her friend support background checks for all gun purchases but sabanning weapons own -- say banning weapons won't stop violence. >> you can't legislate bad intentions out of people. >> reporter: the vice president's task force is looking to gun retailers to help bridge the divide. several including wal-mart took part in meetings thursday. danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. >> in another shooting now police say a teenager who shot two students yesterday at a high school in at the, california apparently had b
down with the representative from the nra, which has proposed placing armed guards in all schools. >>> the white house is also suggesting it may withdraw all u.s. troops from afghanistan by the end of next year. some analysts say it could be a negotiating ploy ahead of hamid karzai's visit to washington tomorrow. -- on friday. >>> and the boeing 787 dreamliner flight had to be canceled because of a reported brake problem. this is the third mishap in three days. tuesday, a fuel leak was spotted minutes before takeoff in boston. monday, an electrical fire broke out on yet another 787 that had just landed. >>> take a look at this terrifying scene in australia. a family, including five children, had to race into the water and cling to a dock for hours to escape this massive wildfire that tore through their neighborhood. trapped by a wall of flames. look at that. they treaded in water up to their chins for three hours. >> we saw tornadoes of fire. just coming across towards us. and the next thing we knew, everything was on fire. >> the grandfather eventually found a small boat. thankfu
owners who have no plans to give up their weapons. even thought about joining the nra. after newtown they started a political action committee to fight for tougher gun restrictions. they are calling for universal background checks covering gun shows and private dealers and a ban on magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition which kelly says might have saved the youngest victim of the shooting that almost killed his wife. the first bullet went into gabby's head. bullet number 13 went into a-year-old girl named christina taylor green when he tried to reload one 33 round magazine with another 33 round magazine and he dropped it it and a woman named patricia mayse grabbed it and it gave bystander time to tackle him. i contend if that same thing happened when he was trying to reload one ten round magazine with another 10 round magazine, meaning did he not have access to a high capacity magazine and the same thing happened, christina taylor green would be alive today. i certainly am willing to give up my right to own a high capacity magazine to bring that young woman back that young
the story. >> the nra says it is sending a representative to see what the vice president has to say. the nestle shothe white house press secretary says their input is important. >> we will look for to hearing from a variety of organizations and civic groups and others. those who have insights into the problem. >> president obama created the panel following the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary school in new town, conn. >> new york mayor michael bloomberg is supporting tighter gun laws. >> i think all of us know that joe biden is not a shrinking violet when it comes to crime and gun problem in this country. >> wal-mart, a major seller of firearms was invited to discuss gun control with biden. they said they could not make the meeting but would continue ongoing conversations with the white house. >> i am ed spayne reporting. >> the final witness will be called today in the preliminary hearing for james holmes, the former grad student accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens in a movie theater shooting in july. >> yesterday, authorities tested the homes spent more than t
. this is something the president has said should be left to the schools, the nra says should be part of a national plan. it will be interesting given the poll numbers. the entrenched interests in washington not on the president's side. we'll see what he does there. one other thing i want to note. the president talked about how immigrants in this country should be allowed to go to school and then become the leaders of the next generation, not be deported. well, remember, it was his administration, this is the bush administration here, deportations of illegal immigrants, it was the obama administration that angered many latinos, and especially latino interest groups by increasing the number of deportations. the president is hoping now that this actually gives him some credibility as he tries to negotiate an immigration reform package with republicans. and anderson, one of the things we have seen since the election is the republicans know the math. they see the demographics of this country. they realize they have a crisis. they cannot be a viable national party if they keep getting such a tiny percen
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